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The 2021 SPEC Contributor Award Winners

The SPEC Contributor Award is given to an individual or team that made significant contributions to bringing a new benchmark, tool, project or event to a successful conclusion.

Brian Bothwell, Technical Leadership
SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS 2020

Brian Bothwell

A significant portion of the time required to develop a benchmark goes into testing. Throughout the testing process of SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020, Brian Bothwell demonstrated extreme attention to detail and excellent documentation skills when reporting errors and issues. He would often include many example screenshots and very specific instructions that were critical to enabling other members to reproduce the issues. He not only found bugs in the benchmark, but also made important suggestions for improvements in the Graphical User Interface and documentation. SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2020 was delivered on time and is a better benchmark thanks to Brian's involvement.

Trey Morton, Dedication
SPEC® Graphics & Workstation Performance Group

Trey Morton

While testing and validation are vital to a benchmark development process, continued testing and validation after the benchmark has been released is also essential for ensuring robust benchmarking. Trey Morton has consistently gone above and beyond in his dedication to ensuring that benchmarks cover the full spectrum of professional workstations, that they deliver consistent results across all platforms, and that the benchmark documentation is as free as possible from ambiguities that could cause user frustration. Trey not only performed this important testing on one benchmark, but on every new SPEC/GWPG benchmark released in 2020, requiring dozens of test platforms.

Technical Leadership
SPECviewperf® 2020 Team Award

SPECviewperf 2020 is the latest release in one of SPEC's most successful series of benchmarks that date back to the early 1990s. The hard-working engineers who developed this version added a number of significant new innovations and important updates. These include a new framework with independent 2K- and 4K-resolution traces for several applications, debugging and fixing trace issues involving differences in vendor implementations of the OpenGL standard, automation scripts for creating repeatable visualizations for tracing viewsets, and a new third-party trace tool option for creating viewsets. Congratulations to the entire SPECviewperf 2020 team: